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Comment: Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (Score 1) 268

$130? I've been getting legit OEM copies from Newegg for $99 with purchase of a mouse or keyboard. Paying $130 is insane and dumb for anyone that does not need the ability to join a domain.

To clarify, the $100 (yeah, $99.99) price is for Home Premium, which lacks the domain features. Win 7 Pro is $140, Ultimate is $190. But no hardware purchase requirements at all.

Comment: Re: Didn't Corning make the Hubble mirror? (Score 1) 203

by rpstrong (#48451407) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

A bit more detail: the assembly included a rod (of an precise length) that was inserted into a socket which consisted of a ring that was welded or braised to something else. The fastening technique left a small amount of slag or solder around the inner edge of the ring, and so the rod was chamfered on one end so that it would clear the slag and seat fully in the socket.

Problem was, the rod was inserted upside down, with that attractively chamfered end sticking out. And the neatly cut business end ended up bottoming on the slag, resulting in a part that was precisely built but off by 1.3 mm.

When they eventually tracked down the problem, they were able to use the mis-aligned jig as a model for designing the corrective mirror that they eventually installed.

Comment: Re:If the cause of the crash... (Score 1) 165

by rpstrong (#48319179) Attached to: Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

The deployment was below, not above the intended speed. Aerodynamic forces at mach 1.4 would prevent the feathering action, not so at roughly mach 1. In any case, it is to be expected that a test vehicle would allow the pilot greater latitude in control actions (even if such actions are hazardous) than in a production model.

Comment: Re:I'll take that bait (Score 1) 613

by rpstrong (#48296293) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

That does sound like a pain. In the US it is a given that any reasonably large business will typically be open till 9:00 pm, and many smaller shops as well.

  I do recall working at a privately held sporting goods shop back in the late '70s. We were pushed into opening on Sundays due to the competition doing so. None of us sold any more; we simply spread our week's sales over one extra day. But, as a consumer, I'm honestly willing to pay a bit extra at the register for the extra hours.

Comment: Re:How did they ID the part? (Score 1) 94

Those *actual experts* were qualified only to testify about Lockheed's repair techniques (that the plane would be rebuilt to specs). However, they were not qualified to testify about whether or not the panel came from her specific Electra, as it could have received post factory modifications of which they (the experts) were unaware.

Comment: Re:Time to "stock up" from NewEgg ... (Score 1) 242

by rpstrong (#48263703) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Except that you can get a few more years out of an existing machine, and you'll want/need to upgrade your system by the time you upgrade the OS again - this time to Windows 10. I've taken this approach for a few friends who didn't want the security risks involved with XP, but who also didn't want 8.x. (Another friend's box was too old - it was bought the year XP was released - and so we replaced it with a $300 refurb with Win 7 included).

BTW, how often do you think the average user transfer the OS from one PC to another?

Comment: Re:You sound old. (Score 1) 158

You left out the "vibration rich atmosphere of a car." Yeah, I've owned a few clunkers that would vibrate the cigarette lighter out of the socket, bot I'm not at all convinced that you will find any vibration in the Tesla's panel. Aren't the vibes somehow connected to the number of cylinders?

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 942

by rpstrong (#48063157) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

A bit of history: the 2 x 4 nomenclature is the size of the plank that is initially cut from the log. The reduced size is primarily a result of the wood drying out. This has lead to our oddball system where planks are listed with oversize numbers, but finished wood or plywood by actual dimensions.

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke